Historic viking ship proposed for relocation

By KBJR News 1

April 25, 2014 Updated Apr 25, 2014 at 10:05 PM CDT

Duluth, MN (NNCNOW.com) --- The historic Leif Erickson Viking Ship, owned by the city of Duluth, has been a target for vandals and at the mercy of the elements for years, which is why city officials are pushing for its relocation.

The Duluth city council has the ability to pass a resolution on Monday that would give the Minnesota Department of Transportation a section of land at the intersection of 10th Avenue East and Superior Street for the relocation of the ship.

The property would be used to build a pavilion which would house the ship, in order to protect it from the elements and vandalism, which was a problem at its prior location at Leif Erikson Park, before it was moved last spring.

"It's been in a location where nobody can see it, where nobody can find it, and this is a place where they can see it when they come into town," said Duluth city councilor Sharla Gardner.

The ship will be continue to be stored at a warehouse on the La Farge Dock, until plans for the moving of the ship are finalized.